Published On: Wed, Mar 12th, 2008

City Council Considers Zoning Change

HARTINGTON — A power point presentation was used to give the Hartington City Council a view of plans in the works for an animal hospital here.
The location for the proposed animal hospital would require a change in zoning for the city.

Dr. Ben Schroeder and Dr. Erin Schroeder gave a presentation of their current business which includes a veterinary clinic located on Highway 57 in Hartington along with a large animal facility, which is approximately 11 miles southeast of Hartington.
“We have outgrown our current facility,” said Dr. Erin Schroeder. “We have problems with parking and limited storage. We need more space for boarding animals and we need a fence.”
Schroeder said they need room for a haul-in/haul-out facility and a place for washing vehicles and chutes.
The presentation listed possible concerns for locating an animal hospital within the city limits.
Schroeder addressed each of the issues of sanitation, waste, odor, safety, noise and privacy.
“This is a hospital – not a feed lot,” said Schroeder. “We want to maintain the best, cleanest facility possible. We do not want flies, manure or smells.”
Schroeder said the expanded services the animal hospital will offer would be beneficial to Hartington.
“We want to draw people from the Yankton and Vermillion area,” Schroeder said. “It will bring business into the community when they come to our facility.”
The location for the proposed animal hospital is on the east side of Highway 57 just south of Scott’s Package Liquor store in the former Hartington Auto Sales location.
The property is currently owned by Corae Industries.
No action on a change in zoning could be taken at Monday’s  City Council meeting.
“Zoning ordinances refer to the state law,” said City Attorney Steve Pier.
Two separate public hearings have to be held and notice has to be published in the newspaper before an amendment can be made to change the current zoning.
“The schools also have to be notified before action can be taken,” said Pier. “If the city approves the change in zoning, protests can still occur.”
In other action, the Council raised the fee from $2 to $5 for both the dog and cat licenses.
The tags, which are used for the license are costing more than the $2 fee, said Mayor Yates.
A certificate showing the pet has received a rabies vaccination is mandatory before the license can be issued.
“People are responsible to get the rabies shot ahead of getting their license,” said Councilman Tim Burbach. “They can get the rabies shot where ever they want; we just need to see it.”